Brooklyn Today: February 15, 2012

Good morning. Today is the 46th day of the year. It is the birth anniversary (1905) of Harold Arlen, American popular songwriter and composer of the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s. Among his most famous songs are “Over the Rainbow,” “That Old Black Magic,” “Blues in the Night” and “Stormy Weather.”
Well-known people who were born today include actress Marisa Berenson (Cabaret, Barry Lyndon), actress Claire Bloom (A Doll’s House, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold), Brooklyn-born feminist author Susan Brownmiller (Against Our Will, Femininity), cartoonist Matt Groening (“The Simpsons”) and singer Melissa Manchester (“Don’t Cry Out Loud”).
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Today, Councilman Dan Garodnick (D-Manhattan), chairman of the City Council’s Consumer Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing about the city’s home improvement contractors at Brooklyn Borough Hall at 1 p.m. The Department of Consumer Affairs ranks the home improvement industry as the one that generates the second-highest number of complaints, and many of those complaints concern unlicensed contractors. ... This evening from 7 to 9 p.m., powerHouse Arena, 37 Main St., DUMBO, will celebrate the launch of the second issue of The Milan Review with readings by several authors. The Milan Review is a semiannual literary journal, printed in Italy, which contains short stories and original artwork. This second issue will be called The Milan Review of the Universe. ... Today between 9 a.m. and noon at City Harvest’s mobile market at 862 Park Ave., Bedford-Stuyvesant, restaurateur Danny Meyer (Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Shake Shack) and 12 volunteers from his restaurants will be handing out fresh produce to approximately 200 households.
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According to the Daily News, students from Saint Saviour High School in Park Slope are making sandwiches and donating supplies to homeless people living in Tompkins Square Park and Union Square Park once a month. The students have joined the Brown Baggers Outreach Program that was started three years ago by Saint Saviour churchgoers. Volunteers meet in the church basement on Eighth Avenue to prepare brown bags with food, then drive out to the parks in a van.
According to the L Magazine, U.S. customs agents based at the Van Brunt terminal are being reassigned. Cargo coming into the Red Hook container port will now have to go through Staten Island or New Jersey before being trucked to Red Hook. The container port is operated by Phoenix Beverages, which imports large quantities of foreign beer. Phoenix officials have said the move will hurt its operations.
February 15, 2012 - 10:05am



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